ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
African ministers in charge of communication and
ICT and postal services on Friday called for digitization as a
priority for Africa.
During a two-day
meeting which concluded on Friday, of the Specialized Technical
Committee on Communication and ICT, the ministers discussed and
made decisions on continental and regional programmes that
impact Africans in the communications and ICT sectors.
situation of the communication and ICT subsectors in Africa
still face many challenges, despite the significant gains in
African media landscape, telecoms and ICT and postal services,
has noted the conference held at the AU headquarters in
Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
conference, the AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy,
Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, reiterated the importance of communication
and information technologies for Africa’s development.
The conference has
noted that digitization agenda is an essential and the greatest
opportunity for Africa to drive the fundamental changes of the
world in the 21st century, if wisely harnessed and
potentially be the catalyst in achieving national development
agenda, the Agenda 2063 aspirations and the UN Agenda 2030
development goals, it said.
The Conference has
recommended forming Africa cybersecurity collaboration and
coordination committee to advise the AU Commission and policy
makers on cyber strategies.